Nursing home shutting down

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LEROY, Ill. (WCIA) — LeRoy Manor Nursing Home can’t afford to pay the bills, so it’s closing its doors at the end of March. 

The director says it’s because of inadequate Medicaid reimbursements. The manor is home to 66 residents. They have about two months to find a new place to live. Donald Darling and his wife moved into the manor about two years ago. He says, “I’ve always been glad to be friends with people. This is sort of like a village and I’ve gotten to know a lot of the people.”

In two months, this nursing home will stop operating and lock the doors. Darling says, “It was a surprise for us because when our friend moved us here, we thought we would be here for the rest of our lives.” 

Regional Director Lisa Miller says, “It’s very disappointing. We had big goals here. But at the end of the road, at the end of the day, we have to be able to pay our bills. We’ve just reached the point where we can’t do that anymore.” 

The cost to keep it open has gone up, but medicaid reimbursements have stayed the same. The nursing home’s Administrator Jason Young says, “Over the last few decades we’ve become very reliant on medicaid. That’s how we keep the lights on, the roof over our head, the capital improvements to the buildings and the food we provide.” 

Increasing costs for staffing levels, medical equipment and more aren’t being balanced out by the medicaid payments. It costs the home about $200 a day per resident. Medicaid reimburses about $140 of that. But that difference isn’t sustainable for leroy manor. Young says, “It’s beocme a continued pressure to try to make ends meet.” 

The nursing home will provide a family support group for residents to learn about other places they can move to. On Thursday the administration will hold a job fair to help employees find other opportunities.

Leroy Manor is in State Representative Dan Caulkins’ district. He gave WCIA a statement about the manor closing saying in part, “Leroy Manor has been a vital part of the community for 30 years. The owners have made every effort to keep the facility operating in a very challenging environment. No business owner wants to walk away from a valuable asset.”

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